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Re: [Bug-gnubg] Game Record

From: Ned Cross
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Game Record
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 14:54:41 -0800

    RE: Albert's preference on the game record.  I prefer the program's
behaviour the way it is now. In fact, I was thinking it would be nice to add
a "File/Import/Reload Current Match" command that would import the .mat or
.sgg filename currently loaded in the program.  I would find this most
useful during online lessons, when a question or difference of opinion arise
over a particular cube or checker play.

    One of the better ways I have found to study my game is to include some
time where I watch top players play (on Gamesgrid, for example), and I try
to keep up with the flow of the game and guess the moves as they are being
made.  During that time, I'll have GNU running with the current match
loaded, and would like to be able to update to the current position to
critique the checker play or cube decision and see what I missed.  The
present procedure is somewhat cumbersome since one has to search the "save
game" directory and find the correct filename from the list of saved files.

    The same situation occurs frequently during online lessons and annotated
exhibition matches where several watchers may have differing opinions about
a position and someone inevitably says "what does Snowie think?"  I don't
have Snowie, so I don't know how easy it is to load the current position
with that program, but I think GNU would do very well in this regard if a
"reload current match" command could be added to the file/import menu, and
if the game record behaviour was kept the same.... i.e.- loading the match
with the current (latest) position displayed.

    While the current behaviour does require extra keystrokes/mouse clicks
to navigate to the beginning of a match for analysis, that's a process that
is not real-time anyway (since you have to wait for GNU to analyse the
match).  And much of the time I am analysing a match I don't have time to
step through the entire match, so I will usually browse through the match
for "problem areas (?? and ?!)" and thus I don't necessarily find it
advantageous to be at Game1, Move1.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Albert Silver" <address@hidden>
To: "GNUBackgammon bug reporting" <address@hidden>
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 2:57 PM
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Game Record and Save Settings again

> When importing a new match, or opening a previous one, GNU
> always goes to the last move of the last game by default. In practice, I
> never want this except in some very isolated cases, and would like to
> start with the first move of the first game without always having to go
> back to the first move of the first game manually.

> Albert
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